2 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The large number of road traffic accidents, including fatalities, that have taken place on the N2 national primary route in Co Monaghan prompted the submission of a question by Sinn Féin’s Noel Keelan to the April meeting of Monaghan Co Council.

Referring in particular to accidents that had occurred on the Ardee-Castleblayney stretch of the road, the South Monaghan public representative asked what discussions had taken place with the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Council’s Roads Section in relation to the possibility of extending the 2+1 design solution or the introduction of a dual carriageway.

Colr Keelan also enquired what plans were in place to improve or redesign “the many dangerous junctions”, including the junction at Tullyvaragh, Broomfield, which he branded “a death trap”.

A written response indicated that it was proposed to pilot a road-lining scheme that would improve road safety by means of implementing a traffic calming arrangement on the road in question. “The exact parameters of this scheme are being developed and agreed with the NRA,” the reply added.

“There is no budget allocation currently for constructing a new dual carriageway. The 2+1 type of road arrangement is no longer employed and would not be suitable at this location.

“An audit of all junctions along the N2 was carried out in 2012 and improvement works were carried out to a number of junctions in 2013.

“The two junctions referred to in the question have enhanced provisions including deceleration lanes and near side passing arrangements. The arrangements are consistent with the current NRA design standards for these junction types.

“The proposed pilot scheme will once more review junction arrangements along its extents.”

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